Study modes: Full-time, Part-time
Programme website: Linguistics & English Language
Linguistics and English Language at Edinburgh is the pre-eminent department for the study of both Linguistics and English Language in the UK, having ranked top in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.
We have an outstanding international reputation in many areas of Linguistics & English Language research. We can offer expert supervision across a wide range of topics, including:
The School has expertise in all areas of Linguistics and English Language work, represented by a number of research groups:
Research in speech technology is carried out at the Centre for Speech Technology Research, a collaboration between PPLS and Informatics:
Each research student receives supervision by at least two members of academic staff, who will meet regularly with you to discuss your progress and wider issues in your field of study. This may include discussion of journal articles or books, and preparation for conference presentations, as well as discussion of your dissertation or draft chapters of your thesis.
Most research students are assigned to a research group, each of which hosts regular research activities.
The department also has a visiting speaker series (the Linguistic Circle), and research students are encouraged to participate in the School’s Language at Edinburgh research network.
The unrivalled holdings of the University and National Libraries and the National Archives of Scotland make study of this subject at Edinburgh especially attractive.
Our students become part of one of the biggest communities of linguists in the United Kingdom.
We have state-of-the art technical and laboratory facilities:
A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a related subject.
Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:
All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:
an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration
Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than two and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.
Find out more about our language requirements:
Find out more about tuition fees and studying costs:
Select your programme and preferred start date to begin your application.
We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.
Linguistic & English Language operate a gathered field approach to PhD applications - this means that all complete applications will be held until the nearest deadline and the admissions panel will meet to consider all applications received together after that date.
First deadline: Friday 24th November 2017. In order to ensure full consideration of your application we ask that you submit your complete application including all supporting documentation by this date. The outcome of applications will be confirmed by mid January. This is in order to meet the external funding deadlines.
Final deadline: Thursday 15th March. The outcome of these applications will be confirmed by mid May.
You must submit two references with your application.
You might find it helpful to contact academics in your chosen area to discuss your proposed research and the likelihood of supervision.
You will be asked to add contact details for your referees. We will email them with information on how to upload their reference directly to your online application. Alternatively, they can email their comments to:
In addition to the supporting documents requested on the application form, you should include a research proposal. Your prospective supervisors, in conjunction with the relevant subject Postgraduate Adviser, will consider your research proposal to assess whether they are able to take you on as a student.
If you have been in touch with prospective supervisors, please list them in the Project Arrangements section of your application.
Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes: